advanced photoshop
Oct
13

Photoshop Tutorial: Create dark, gothic-style portraits

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Tips & Tutorials, by Anna-lisa Saywell

The key to a gothic-looking portrait is the contrast between the pale skin of your model and the surroundings

Separating the skin from everything is vital, and here we’ve desaturated and intensified the face. In fact, we’ve removed much of the colour from the overall image, as it wasn’t a strong focal point to begin with.

Photoshop Tutorial: Create dark, gothic-style portraits

 

Step 1

Photoshop Tutorial: Create dark, gothic-style portraits

Make a duplicate of the background layer, and use the Dodge tool over the eyes to bleach reflections. Using the Sponge tool, set to Desaturate, remove colour from the eyes. Duplicate the layer, set Brush tool to black, Soft Light blend mode, and 20% Opacity.

Step 2

Photoshop Tutorial: Create dark, gothic-style portraits

Paint under the cheekbones, around the nose and eyes to intensify shadows. Using the Levels adjustment, darken overall midtones. Duplicate layer again, and make a selection around the skin and then inverse the selection. Add a layer mask, and reduce the Saturation of the layer to -60.

Step 3

Photoshop Tutorial: Create dark, gothic-style portraits

Create a new blank layer and fill it with white. Set its blend mode to Color, and Opacity to 65%. Activate the selection made earlier and inverse once again to select skin. Add a layer mask to the white fill layer. The skin should look pale. To finish, darken the hair and background layer below using Curves.

 

  • Olga Radzikh

    Sorry, but these gray spots on the cheeks do not look good. Whitening the skin and intensifying the eyes would be much more gothic.